Mother-Daughter Duo Charged with Murdering Elderly Grandmother


JOURDANTON – A welfare concern led to the discovery of a murdered grandmother in Jourdanton recently.

According to the Jourdanton Police Department, officers were dispatched to a welfare check for 75-year-old Diane Carpenter who had not been seen for days.

When officers arrived at the home, they found Carpenter had been stabbed in the abdomen  and had been deceased for more than a week

Carpenter lived with two women at the time, her daughter, 49-year-old Roberta Carpenter, and granddaughter, 25-year-old Marlena Jaramillo.

The women initially told officers the victim was hurt and was on the property.

Jaramillo eventually admitted to stabbing her grandmother in the chest, while Carpenter confessed she knew her mother had been murdered but chose not to say anything.

After the preliminary investigation, Jaramillo was charged with Murder and both mother and daughter were charged with Tampering with Evidence.

Both women are currently being held at the Atascosa County Jail.

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